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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Four – Commencing Monday 19th February 2024

Vision, Mission, Values

Vision

St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School promotes life-long learning, in a safe and nurturing environment. We build upon the example of Jesus, using the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, to ‘Grow in Grace’.

Mission

Our mission is to inspire, nurture and support children to grow, as confident and capable learners and as authentic Christian people, relating to an ever changing world.

Values

We respect ourselves and each other
We strive for excellence
We build well-being
We create a safe environment

From The Principal

Dear Families,

I hope this edition of the Weekly Reminders finds you well despite the searing heat that we are experiencing in Perth to commence the school year. In my time working in schools, I can not remember a year that has had a hotter start to it. You should be very proud of the way your children have coped with the heat to commence the year. Transitioning into a new year at school is difficult enough without the heat that we have had.

This week we entered the liturgical season of Lent. Some of your children may have come home and mentioned that in the school at present, we have a cross with a purple cloth hung around it. This cross reminds us that during Lent, we walk in solidarity with Jesus. It also reminds us to give thanks for what we have in our lives. We are truly blessed even on our toughest days.

Our children participated very reverently in an Ash Wednesday Liturgy this week. It was great to see some of our classes moving the liturgy outside under the shade to make the most of our beautiful grounds. I had the pleasure of joining with Year Six Gold for their liturgy. The children in Year Six Gold read beautifully and the sense of reverence in the room was outstanding. It was a privilege to have one of the Year Six leaders place the ashes on my forehead.

We thank Mr Munro for preparing these liturgies for our children.

Project Compassion
This week, Project Compassion information was sent home to families. Project Compassion is an awareness raising initiative coordinated by Caritas Australia that aims to raise money for those who are less fortunate than ourselves in Australia and around the world. On Ash Wednesday, our children listened to the stories of Ronita from the Philippines and Leaia from Samoa who explained about their culture, some of the challenges in their homes, as well as what they need to ensure they can live safely and have their basic needs met.

All money raised as part of Project Compassion goes to assisting these people in need. 

New Staff Profiles
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing Staff Profiles for staff who are new to St Emilie’s in 2024. This week we share with you the profile of Mrs Perlis Noviaria and we welcome Perlis to our community.

2023 St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Annual Community Meeting (ACM)
All community members are invited to join with school staff, the School Advisory Council and the School P & F Committee for the 2023 Annual Community Meeting. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 February and commence at 5:00pm with light refreshments and finger foods on offer at the conclusion of the meeting.

The ACM is a requirement for both our School Advisory Council and School P & F Committee and ensures openness and transparency in how both bodies work with the school to ensure we continue to provide our children with a quality Catholic education.

A nomination form for those interested in joining the School Advisory Council was sent home this week.

Swimming Training
This week we had an amazing turnout of children for swimming training with nearly 40 swimmers in the water on Tuesday morning. A reminder for children in Year Three to Year Six that House Swimming Training continues this Tuesday 20 February at Riverton Leisureplex. Information was sent home to parents and carers about training, and I would encourage parents and carers to have a look at the relevant information. It is important to note that there is an expectation that children can swim 50 metres unassisted. These sessions are not designed to be swimming lessons but are more designed to improve stamina and technique. We thank Mr Davis for his organisation of the sessions and Mrs Yock and Mrs Chamberlain for assisting.

Uniform Reminder – Formal Shorts
Our children have made a fantastic start to the year with their uniform standards. However, it is noticeable that some children are wearing sports shorts every day of the week. On days when your child is not wearing their house polo shirt or yellow school sports top, they must be wearing their formal school shorts/skorts.

P & F News – Call for Year Reps
Year Reps for 2024 are nearly finalised, however, we still require two Year Three Reps. If you are interested, you are asked to please email myself at chris.burns@cewa.edu.au. Year Reps are an important part of our school P & F structure and it would be great to have two Year Reps across all year levels.

We are pleased to share that the Kindy and Pre Primary Year Reps have now been finalised. Please find the Year Reps for Kindy and Pre Primary below:

Kindy – Chris Day & Fiona Messer

Pre Primary – Stephanie Long & Melinda Burke

St Emilie’s Footy Tipping
An exciting new footy tipping competition led by the St Emilie’s P & F will take place in 2024! For further information, please check the details below.

Children Walking to School
A number of children from St Emilie’s walk or ride to and from school each day. It has been reported that some of our children are taking risks on the road which, is a concern. If your child walks to and from school, I would strongly encourage you to speak with them about road safety and perhaps do a trial run of their journey to school. Please remember that if your child walks to and from school, parents and carers are required to complete a form so that we are aware of this arrangement at school. These forms are available on our here on our website.

Parent Circle
Parent Circle will once again be offered at St Emilie’s in 2024. Parent Circle is a chance for families to gather on-site on the Thursdays indicated on the flyer to meet and connect with others and on occasion, be provided with information on various topics.

The Parent Circle Leader in 2024 is Catrina Schryver. Please see below for further information. The first session for Parent Circle will take place on Thursday 22 February in the School Hall. It would be wonderful to see some new faces attending on the morning.

History at St Emilie’s
This term, history has been made at St Emilie’s as we welcomed our first ever child to Kindy whose mother was a former student at our school.

In our 23rd year of existence, it is an amazing feeling to welcome back the second generation of St Emilie’s children.

In this photo, we have some of our longest serving staff members, Mrs Norris, Mrs Airey and Mrs Gomes, as well as Mrs Green who was the class teacher of this parent when they were in Year Seven.

What amazing history we are developing!

Ms Harris is going to ‘Stay Up All Night’ for Sick Kids
Our very own Ms Harris will be joining the ‘Staying Up All Night’ fundraising challenge for sick kids. We are proud of Ms Harris and her team’s efforts to walk through the night for a good cause. If you would like to donate, please find the link below.
https://www.upallnight.org.au/fundraisers/krisharris

Chris Burns

Principal

New Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Perlis Noviaria

  1. Name
    Perlis Noviaria
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Education Assistant
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St. Emilie’s so far?
    Being around the kids.
  4. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Fishing or heading to the beach.
  5. Favourite Food?
    Spicy food.
  6. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Indonesia and India where we can gather with family.
  7. Favourite Sport/Team?
    I am not really a sports person.
  8. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    To learn a lot about St Emilie’s both inside and outside the classroom.  I am looking forward to getting to know each staff and each student’s name, especially in the spaces where I work.

URSTRONG

Creating a Culture of Kindness

URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills.

You are invited to take advantage of a FREE Parent Membership to access hundreds of resources – including an 8 session video series. This will allow you to learn the same language & strategies being taught in the classroom through the Friendology 101 curriculum. We hope that, as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home.

As a next step, we would recommend:

    • Click here to view an overview of URSTRONG.
    • Activate your FREE Parent Membership and explore all the resources available to your family.
    • Explore the hundreds of resources available to you!

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope that, together, we can support your children to have healthy, feel-good friendships.

SAVE THE DATE Parent Information Session is Week Eight, Thursday March 21st.  The session is designed to be a child-parent workshop and is online.  Details will follow.

Enrolments

NOW Accepting Kindy Enrolments for 2025

We are now accepting enrolments for Kindy 2025. If you have a child who will be going into Kindy in 2025 (born between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), please ensure you submit an Enrolment Form application to the office. An application for enrolment can be collected from Administration or by visiting the School Website.

Key Calendar Dates

Term One 2024

Parents are encouraged to subscribe to our Calendar on our Website for the most up-to-date Calendar events.  Below is a list of important events for the first five weeks of Term One.

Week Three
Friday 16th February – 5pm to 7.30pm – Family Picnic

Week Four
Tuesday 20th February- House Swimming Training

Wednesday 21st February – 5pm Annual Community Meeting

Friday 23rd February – 8.45m Year Six Assembly

Week Five
Monday 26th February – House Swimming Trials – Year Four to Six selected students

Tuesday 27th February – School Photo Day One

Wednesday 28th February – School Photo Day Two

Wednesday 28th February – 3.20pm Staff Meeting

Friday 1st March – Pupil Free Day

Week Six   YAY WEEK
Monday 4 March – LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 6 March – Golf Clinics

Week Seven
Monday 11th March – Parent/Teacher Interviews Begin

Tuesday 12th March- Interschool Swimming Training

Tuesday 12th March- 1.20pm – 2.50pm Year Six Parent – Session Becoming a Man/Woman

Wednesday 13th March- 8.45am P&F Meeting

Wednesday 13th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Writing

Wednesday 13th March – Golf Clinics

Wednesday 13th March – Kindy Speech Screening Begins

Thursday 14th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN – Reading

Friday 15th March – Year Three & Five  NAPLAN – Language Conventions

Week Eight
Monday 18 March – Parent/Teacher Interviews Continue

Monday 18th March- Year Six  Becoming a Man/Woman Sessions

Monday 18th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Numeracy

Tuesday 19th March- Feast of St Joseph–Gannon House Day

Tuesday 19th March- Interschool Swimming Training

Tuesday 19th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Make Up Sessions

Wednesday 20th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Make Up Sessions

Wednesday 20th March – 6pm Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 21st March – Interschool Swimming

Thursday 21st March – URSTRONG Parent Information Session

Friday 22nd March – Year Four Assembly

Friday 22nd March – Year Three Excursion

Friday 22nd March – Parent Teacher Interviews End

P & F News

Family Picnic 16th February

A friendly reminder that we are planning to hold our Family Picnic tonight,  Friday, the 16th February from 5.00pm to 7.30pm on our School Oval. We really look forward to seeing as many families as possible.

This will be a ‘low-key’ school community event aimed at providing an opportunity for families to simply be together and to catch up with one another in a relaxed, social setting. There will be fantastic live music, games and lots of laughs to be had.

The P&F will create some signed areas, especially for any new Kindy or PP families who would like to meet and sit with other families in their year level.

Parking
Please be mindful that it will be busy in the evening, and your patience and common courtesy are appreciated. Staff will relocate cars in the afternoon to the Junior Oval, to make more room for our families in the carpark.  We ask that you be considerate to our neighbours and their need to get in and out of their homes.  If you live close by or can carpool, this would be recommended. 

Food
While you are very welcome to bring your own picnic dinner, a Sausage Sizzle is also being offered as a cheap and easy alternative for any interested families. We have catered for 300 Sausage Sizzles and it will be a first in best dressed basis. 

Payment is to be made, via EFTPOS or cash, on the night, at a cost of $2.50 each. An ice cream van will be on-site for your convenience and enjoyment.

Drinks
While it is acceptable for parents to bring drinks to the event, responsible alcohol consumption is of course expected. There will be a limited bar available of wine ($5.00 glass), beer ($5.00 bottle), soft drinks ($2.00). Both EFTPOS and cash payments will be accepted.

Car Bay Raffle
Would you like to be the lucky recipient of a ‘prime position’ RESERVED Car Bay for the remainder of Term One and all of Term Two?

Raffle tickets will be available at the Family Picnic and will be drawn on the night. 

Things for the Kids to Do
Staff will set up some simple games and equipment on the oval for any families who wish to partake in some extra fun. Children are to either be sitting with their family or playing on the oval with a parent overseeing their movements. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to supervise their children at all times. Staff are overseeing a number of other duties on the night.

Please note that for both legal and safety reasons no children are permitted to play on any of the playground equipment at all during the picnic. Children are encouraged to bring a ball, a book, drawing gear or game to also keep them entertained.

Home Time
At about 7.15pm we ask families to please pack up and to take your own rubbish home.
Respecting this end time means that pack-up can happen while it is still light and staff can get home to see their own families at a reasonable time. Thank you!

We would greatly appreciate any assistance with packing up at the end of the evening.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

St Emilie's Footy Tipping

🏉 Get ready for the ultimate school footy fun! 🎉 Join our community Footy Tipping Competition for your chance to score big and help the school! 🌟 Half of the joining fee directly supports our fundraising, while the rest boosts the stakes for the top three places after the home and away season.

To join the game:

1.    Book here to pay your joining fee. https://www.trybooking.com/CPFGK

2.    Keep an eye on your email for the exclusive footy tipping site registration link.
3.    Dive into the excitement, make your picks and aim for that top spot!Let the banter begin, have a blast with friends and let’s turn our footy fever into fantastic funds for our school!

REMINDER: To be eligible for the prize pool, it is important to ensure that you have paid the joining fee AND are officially registered.

Parent Circle

Parent Circle will once again be offered at St Emilie’s in 2024. Parent Circle is a chance for families to gather on-site on the Thursdays indicated on the below flyer to meet and connect with others and on occasion, be provided with information on various topics. 

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Kindness

True kindness is taught to us in Ephesians 4:31-32, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each another, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

But, what is kindness? It begins with caring, being tenderhearted and compassionate. The Greek word for ‘kind’ is chrestos—meaning ‘useful.’ This means that kindness involves action. Truly kind people will actively look for opportunities to show kindness.

Whether it’s paying for someone’s coffee at the drive-through behind them or writing a note of encouragement to a friend, kindness requires action. Of course, action can also include words—words of encouragement, comfort, courtesy and compliments can be heartwarming acts of kindness.

Jesus Christ practiced kindness that was considered radical for that time and culture. His kindness often extended to the people that were not treated well, including the sick, poor and social outcasts. He healed them, prayed with them and fed them.

Just like Jesus, we should practice kindness, even something as small as a smile at a passing stranger. We should continue to ripen our fruit of kindness in the footsteps of Jesus, who personified the greatest example of kindness.

Term One

Weeks Four to Five = Kindness

Week Four: We All Rise By Lifting Others

Week Five: Empathy Is Understanding the Feelings of Others

Weeks Six to Nine = Joy

Week Six: See The Good in Every Situation

Week Seven: Find Beauty in Everyday Things

Week Eight: There is Great Joy in Giving

Week Nine: Don’t Let Anything Take Your JOY

English as a Second Language

Keyed Up Music

St Emilie’s partners with Key Up Music to offer after school Music lessons.

Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, keyboard, voice, violin, and drum lessons after school. Please head to the Keyed Up Music Tab on our Website for more information.

Attendance

Attendance Procedures

When your child/ren are absent from school please either email the teacher firstname.surname@cewa.edu.au and stemiliesadmin@cewa.edu.au
or

Use the Absentee Form on our Website.

It is a legal requirement for parents to contact the
School regarding any student absences. Parents should email the teacher and include admin by 9.00am on the day of the absence with the following information:

  • Full name of student
  • Year group
  • Reason for absence and expected length of absence
  • Your name and relationship to the student
  • Parents are required to inform the school if the absence is expected to be extended.

Absentee Long Term

It is a requirement for parents to complete the Leave of Absence Notification Form when taking planned extended holidays during the term.

Parents are required to return the below form to Administration prior to the absence.

Leaving Early

1. While we understand it is difficult to make specialist appointments outside of school hours, we strongly encourage you to do so where possible.

2. Please ensure you are emailing the class teacher along with admin, if your child is going to be taken out of school early for an appointment.

Parent Reading

This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘Consequences’ by Dr Justin Coulson. Contrary to what anyone may say, our children rarely need to learn the consequences of their actions. They just need to be supported to choose better ones.

OSHC Newsletter

Wider Community